How I Became a “G” in Information Technology

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The path to becoming a Geek in Information Technology isn’t the same for all people. Admittedly, I was not born a G in IT. This quest became a rather serious one albeit around 4 years ago shortly after the release of my first official, full-length studio debut album “I’m High”. This was when I’d decided the road to Hip-Hop riches was not one that I was equipped to travel upon any longer. (Not to mention the obvious- that gangsta/reality/hardcore rap was dead.)

Having spent a significant amount of time working on or with a computer while putting that album together, it only seemed right to stay with the computer even though the microphone stand got put away and the digital audio workstation got uninstalled. (With this new found quest I was certainly going to need the free space on my hard drive.) So I jumped in. I jumped into the field of Information Technology head first without a parachute. Salta! SocEng

The thing is, I jumped head first into an area where most seasoned professionals even would have considered a no-no. The average individual shall began this quest with Intro to IT. While I unabashedly did have to retract and regroup after hitting the ground and splitting my head open, I didn’t start with Intro to IT. I, Mr. Smarty pants here deemed it a good idea to jump into the area of IT known as Ethical Hacking. Mind you, it seemed like a good idea at the time. From rapping to hacking!! Yeah, I can do that. NOT! (Note: Noooo rapper can do that. Granted, it is conceivably possible to reverse this process successfully. One can make a fairly decent transition from hacker to rapper. Think YTCracker. Hey, Bryce, it’s cool. I’m not trying to get any points off of you, dude. Truce? :) )

Truth of the matter is that becoming a Geek in IT is a process.

Preliminary path to becoming a Geek

Preliminary path to becoming a Geek

A process that after so long of enduring, one starts to get a different interpretation of movies like The Matrix. At this point in the process I’m not so sure whether I’ve taken the red pill or the blue pill. But one thing is for certain. I’m so geeked out that I’d like to think of myself as a redpill .

Will exam results decide our fate?

What started as an assignment for my Public Speaking course turned into an opportunity for me to quote what I feel is one of the most inspirational spoken word pieces of our generation. For short it’s called Exam Results by Suli Breaks. This is a message that speaks to and for an entire generation of students of all walks and ages who struggle with the stress of trying to make the grade, feeling that otherwise they’re future and place in society is useless. On the other hand, it also addresses the society and parents who hold these unrealistic standards over their children’s head. Enjoy….

The Black Bin Laden

Conquest is easy. Control is not.—Khan Noonian Singh

Stay on the lookout for the terrorist Mr. L-O-C, all I need is some dip, and a couple o’ sticks of T.N.T. To bring this mutha fucker down like four flat tires, 86ing is my mission….dismissing tricks for hire. No mercy on the lives that got took off in that quake, diesel fuel and fertilizer, will make ah’ nigga block shake. Starting playing with nines, them moved to something bigger, now I’m working through the miz-ail…bombing on deliver.

Slightly seal the package, then I set the timer…I’m the SA-Town Assassin, worldwide Unabomber. Just a little off my rocker, conceived as a menace, I’m a loc until I die, til’ that day I’m never finished. Take my work to College Hills, perform it on your daughter..when I fall up out ya hood it’s gon’ look like Pearl Harbor. Bentwood and Pinehurst…you ho’s better run; C & C Estates, Southwest here I come!

vangogh+unabomber

Niggaz struggle in my hood, but y’all don’t give a fuck, so the whole Concho Valley…Tom Green better duck. Everybody with authority, get out my way- City Hall’s coming down when I have a bad day. The county jail and the courthouse is getting is done, when I get the extra time, I’m gon’ turn that bitch to crumbs.

Forensic sketch of the Unabomber, commissioned...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hooked up with this nigga straight out of the military, who gave me what I needed, to start me an obituary. Killer, killer, killer- killing on the cool…Westside lunatic, with the mind of a Damn Fool! I’m the one that told Koresh ( David Koresh ) to go out like a scout, had em’ all in that fort yelling, “ We Ain’t Coming Out ” ! [Waco.]

Mug shot of David Koresh.

Mug shot of David Koresh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

F.B.I. tried to fade us, we put em’ on a freeze…left you pigs full of holes like a block of cottage cheese. You tried to burn us up, and thought you killed Koresh, but you didn’t cause he’s living deeply planted in my flesh. Schizophrenically insane, a

Charles Manson

Charles Manson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Manson figure, the only difference is he’s a whacker…and I’m a real nigga! Daily chances for survival, is getting kinda slim, I’m the nation’s most wanted; BKA- double M. That lic that happened in that Luby’s in Killeen wasn’t it, but that Oklahoma bombing was the mutha fucking SHIT! When it comes to pulling murders, I’ll always hold the title, Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer during an interview for Datelin...

Jeffrey Dahmer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

is my nigga,

JOIN THE CULT

JOIN THE CULT (Photo credit: wayneandwax)

Jim Jones is my idol. In the body form I’m one, personality I’m two, they tried to lock me up in Rush, they tried to lock me up in Skyview. But they couldn’t hold me, cause I was bringing noise…let my conscience get me crunk like the

Last photo of John Gotti, taken by the Bureau ...

Last photo of John Gotti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Gotti Boys.

I’m hungry for destruction, that’s the reason why I’m agg, every prison in this country’s getting dropped to the slab. Hold a grudge against society, that’s how I am….a Young Nigga with a complex that doesn’t give a damn. Schizophrenically insane. Stay out of my path…I reach a natural high when I hear the devils laugh. If you living then you dying, there ain’t no pity…and don’t let it slip your mind what I done in New York City to the World Trade Center! I’m the SA-Town Assassin….bitch.

http://soundcloud.com/peta-loc/the-black-bin-laden-mastered

Reward all those wise enough to join you, utterly crush all who oppose you and do so in so savage a manner as to completely cower any others who might dream of resisting your will.

http://youtu.be/hAwmfKZZz50

Hire Skilled Commanders To Increase Your Odds Of Winning

“ A skilled commander is able to select the right men and exploit the situation. He who takes advantage of the situation uses his men in fighting as rolling logs or rocks. It is the nature of logs and rocks to stay stationary on the flat ground and to roll forward on a slope.

After being online for almost a year now,  ( note: that isn’t a typo; I’ve only maintained an online identity so to speak for a time span of less than 365 days. Bologna you say? No, it’s true. Go ahead, run your scans, do your research- whois, DNS, netmaps and what not- you’ll see. Don’t approach it too technical if you’re not that type of character; remember, Google, Yahoo, Bing can be your best friend in situations of such. The info’s available all the way down to the CName’s for Loced-Out Recordz. If you really want to get down and dirty with it I’m certain it can get even more gangsta when it comes to attaining the information. Recall, I’m an HTC Hero. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/so-theres-a-rootkit-hidden-in-millions-of-cellphones/16708?tag=nl.e539 ) one thing I came to realize rather quickly is…that…THIS SHIT IS WAR! Wait, what is that I hear you saying underneathe your breath? “Peta-Loc, make peace not war. ” My response? It’s sounds good. Who doesn’t want peace? Is it probable? Yeah. With a worldwide collective effort sure, I think the human population can pull it off. Is it practical? That my friend is for you, the individual to decide. Look at it this way and maybe we can get on the same page here. I, along with I’m sure 85% of independent artist made their entry point into the world of social networking (post MySpace era) via Facebook. Who wouldn’t? Fans everywhere, right? Check it: http://www.rafayhackingarticles.net/2011/11/facebook-phishing-scams-at-its-best.html   It’s that simple my friend. THIS SHIT ONLINE IS WAR! However, this post isn’t so much about war as it is about hiring skilled commanders so…let’s get to the point.

Approach the industry as if you’re on the battlefield and note that throughout military and business history, small outnumbered armies have succeeded against much bigger foes. The American Civil War. Full of such stories. During the early years of the war, the Southern generals won victories against the more numerous and better-equipped Northern troops. They won because of their greater skills- daring tactics, skilled maneuvering, and…A SENSE OF WHEN TO TAKE A RISK. This is where skilled commanders come into play. And when searching for skilled commanders be mindful that the strength of the status quo frequently outweighs the need to take measured risks. But quite naturally, “ the least gifted commanders are usually the most political. ” ( Go figure. ) Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when you’re searching for skilled commanders:

  1. Develop Your Leaders- The greater complexity of business decisions on/off-line (and the greater breadth of knowledge required of business leaders) makes developing employees increasingly important. We count on key people not just to solve problems, but to identify when to bring in additional resources. Managers need to assess and fix problems and know when they need help. In part because competitive situations can change very quickly, and in part because businesses are under greater scrutiny.
  2. Stretch Jobs- Research shows that peak learning experiences happen in jobs where people are challenged to work outside their comfort level and learn new things. The right amount of stress creates a positive stress- the stress of successfully negotiating your way through some unfamiliar territory.
  3. New Roles- If you are a stable organization with seasoned employees, allowing people to switch roles temporarily can be a low-risk way to teach people new things- and to improve communications within your organization.  Think about it: You will also be cultivating employees who have a more holistic view of your organization and bring out-of-the box thinking to different areas of your organization. ( For your own career, look for jobs that give you some new experience. Careers that provide new learnings…don’t always look for the next promotion.
  4. Mentoring- Most of us have learned our craft from a few select people. Training and mentoring experiences can provide needed learning. Most effectively when done by fellow comrades  or experienced maestros who understand the organization and can make the training immediately relevant.
  5. Make The Most of Your Team- Don’t ever assume you will have exactly the team you want. Any team you manage will always have some shortcomings. ( Even your TIGER TEAM. ) The skillful manager gets the right people in the key positions and makes all of the people around him or her better through setting clear objectives and providing training and development.

In summary: Help your employees build new skills, Give your people peak experiences, Look for peak experiences for yourself.

Peace!

http://soundcloud.com/peta-loc/freestyle


Want To Convince Potential Allies? Speak Of Intere$t, Never Reason!

No matter where you work, you are not an employee. You are in a business with one employer: yourself-in competition with millions of similar businesses worldwide…Nobody owes you a career_you own it as a sole proprietor. And the key to survival is to learn to add more value every day. -Andrew Grove

Gain The Mental Advantage

Understand that there are psychological factors that affect human resources.  Opportunities for victory are found in the mental capacity of the leader to integrate strategy (planning) and tactics (execution). The ultimate responsibility for victory or defeat lies with the leader, not because the leader must do everything, but because he or she must have the mental capacity and provide the means to translate sound strategy into successful tactics.

Make no mistake about it, the mental advantage is achieved through surprise. http://petalocsta.com/2011/10/29/plan-surprise-the-ultimate-follow-friday/ . You must generate a mismatch by getting inside your adversary’s …. (now take a deep breath here) observation-orientation-decision-action time cycle. Understand: By the your adversary observes what he or she thinks you are doing, becomes oriented to it, decides what to do, and takes action, “ it ” will be too late! http://www.gazzmic.com/blogarchive/11-10-21/How_Frequently_Should_a_Musician_Engage_with_Fans.aspx?CntPageID=1

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F26662553 ” The Heartz Of Man ” ( produced by Luke Bredin of SPMtracks ) by Peta-Loc
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Plan Surprise: The Ultimate # Follow Friday

Blend sublety and secrecy to keep the competitor confused so he knows neither where to attack nor defend…..

#Follow Friday @BarryDonegan, @gazzmic, @thornybleeder, @Planetcorey, @MusicGoat, @shane_barker, @EntityImmortal, @galtsgirl, @anncoats, @launchpadbb, @dmataconis, @wevictor, @brianarrhea, @heidi_nevala, @suckblog, @cyberpr, @allanbourdius, @Lukebredin, @MBennz, @youngPrinceATG, @RachelChannel1, @IndMusicMedia, @BigKTHAOfficial, @aybonthetrack, @ttokens, @indieleap, @dejayyyeffex, @yummp_imdsteezy, @mozart_of_metal, @nefonomix, @djonesnzeros, @iam12boi, @_aLm0sTFaMOUs, @malaya_ladz, @kevinkuiken, @ghostofzigz, @puras666, @Rockyll, @SheenaBratt1, @waltergross, @mrdaveyd, @FConSMod, @DrBloodmoney, @Occupier99, @rdempsey, @TheDMMag, @osakasaul, @CompanyFounder, @JohnFalchetto, @mmastrac, @AskKim, @YangZhuYe, @MystiReutlinger, @KingsKiddD1, @JocelynWilhelm, @dino_dogan, @adamsconsulting , @Mjdub, @Minervity, @PappaGallis, @NealJansons, @LocedOutRecordz.

And last but definitely not least

@MrsLadyGeneral.